Cher Public

Arrivederci, Romany!

Shuffle the cards and hitch up the caravans for Morningside! In the same season that Manhattan School of Music revived The Gypsy Baron, Riverside Theater around the corner is the site of Amore Opera’s “Season of Gypsy Operas.” This consists, in typical Amore fashion, of a lively staging of a repertory staple, in this case Carmen, plus a bel canto rarity, the American premiere of Donizetti’s La ZingaraRead more »

Donizetti, lionized

PoliutoJust when you thought it was safe to return to Rossini and Verdi—blam! Read more »

Beyond the Valley of the Freemasons

An impresario with a hit on his hands—Emanuel Schikaneder, for instance, after the initial run of Die Zauberflöte—will crave nothing so much as an opportunity to hit the same bell. If they laughed when you hit them with a dead chicken, hit ’em again with a heavier chicken. And an impresario/librettist who has created a triumphant starring role—Schikaneder was the original Papageno—will be even more determined. Unfortunately for Schickaneder, as for the rest of us, his music-man had gone missing.   Read more »

The odd Pasquale

At the age of thirty, Donizetti was already the experienced composer of about eighteen operas, both serious and farcical, but as Olivo e Pasquale (currently undergoing its American premiere run at Amore Opera) makes clear, the comic works were no slight matter.

Read more »